WR 123 Research Proposal
Complete, workable Research Proposals that address satisfactorily
all the directions given below and that promise successful outcomes,
will be approved and graded; however, incomplete or unsatisfactory
proposals will be returned unapproved and ungraded, and student
researchers asked to revise and resubmit as soon as possible.
Research Proposal is worth 20% of your course grade.
Organize your proposal, label and number according to the
four sections described below.
Address all parts of each section completely.
Completeness, persuasiveness, clarity, coherence and correctness
of your written presentation will be considered in the grading, so
please plan, draft, edit, and proofread before submitting your formal Proposal
for approval and grading.
is 3 to 4 typed/wordprocessed, doublespaced pages; however, your
Proposal should be as long as it needs to be to describe your
research topic and strategy in some detail and include discussion of all
parts of the four of the topics listed below.
Preparation (MS): Research
Proposals must be typed or wordprocessed, and double-spaced, with 1”
margins, or they will not be accepted.
Please type the MLA-style header given above in the upper left-hand corner of the
first page of your formal Proposal, and running
page header on subsequent pages as illustrated above. NOTE: I
do not double space this directions handout to save space. Be sure to edit and proofread your Final Draft for clarity,
coherence, and grammatical correctness (WRPAC Section 8 may be
Student Research Proposal on the WR 123 course web site – but
note that html formatting restrictions may not show required double
spacing, new paragraph indentation, or running page headers.
your Research Topic, Describe its Projected Value, & State your
Chosen Documentation Style
your research topic and explain why you have chosen it
- the source of its interest or importance for you. Describe what you
anticipate to be the value of your research project--for others, as
well as yourself. Write
your proposal for a general,
uninformed audience. (In
your discussion you may wish to answer
these kinds of questions: Why
is this research project of interest to you and worth doing?
What do you hope to gain from it?
How do you think you and/or others may be able to use or benefit
from your research findings?)
Explain why/how the choice is appropriate for Writing 123 in
terms of some of the other considerations for selecting a topic
discussed in class and in our textbook.
your chosen documentation system,
based on the subject matter of your research topic:
see WRPAC Sect. 7 for
selection principles and Appendices A-E for choices.
NOTE: If you are
going to research the same topic for Writing 123 and another class,
please consult with the other course instructor on the documentation
style recommended or required.
State your Leading Research Question and Working Hypothesis
the leading Research Question that you propose to pursue for your
research project in Writing 123 (see WRPAC
Sec. 2D & 2E).
your Working Hypothesis—that is, propose an initial response to
that leading Research Question (your leading assumption based on
exploratory reseach and thinking) which you plan to open to question,
investigate and test through your research. See WRPAC Sec. 2D.
your Research Strategy
Your goal is to convince your reader that you have a well-defined point of
departure for your research project and a clear sense of direction as
you launch into your research in earnest, supported by substantial,
promising exploratory research and serious preliminary thinking and
reading about your topic.
a. What do you need to
find out through your research?
Provide an organized list
of the important questions raised by your topic,
key terms and concepts to be defined and explained, and relevant
inferences and assumptions that you hold about your topic and that
you will open to question and investigation. (See WRPAC
Sec. 2E & 2D, &
pp. 34-35.). Your lists of
questions and assumptions should be grouped
or organized logically into related categories and major lines of
inquiry relevant to and supportive of your leading Research Question
and Working Hypothesis. Your
lists should demonstrate that you have already conducted thorough and
thoughtful exploratory research, reading, and thinking on your
topic—ie., you know
enough about your topic focus now to frame good questions and recognize
major lines of inquiry.
b. How and where will you
look for answers? [Don't
just respond, "In the library."]
In this section of your Research Proposal, identify the key search terms--subject headings and key
words--which define your investigation and which you will use to find
sources on your topic. Draw
upon your preliminary research so far on your topic, describe
key answers and ideas already gained on the topic, identify the types of primary and secondary sources
you plan to investigate, and
illustrate your points by referring to some specific representative
source titles listed among your sources (see #4 below).
Based upon your reading of WRPAC
Sec. 2, Sec. 3, your
library explorations, your own hunches and ideas, and any other useful
resources, describe further plans
you have formulated for finding the necessary sources and evidence
for your research project, and
answers to your research questions.
List Sources Already Consulted in Your Exploratory Research
List at least seven (7)
sources already consulted during your exploratory research.
Do not yet worry about adhering exactly to your chosen
documentation system’s bibliographical format, but review the WRPAC
Appendix for your chosen documentation style and try
to follow the format and give complete information on each
source. After each entry, please
specify the type of source [e.g., book, specialized
encyclopedia, journal article, etc.].
Research Questions & Working Hypothesis – predict a clear
enabling focus and point of departure for this proposed research
Research Strategy Description – shows strong evidence of
serious, diligent exploratory research and preliminary
thinking/reading on the research topic; 3.a & b offer
persuasive, complete accounts of a workable, logical college-level
informational research strategy, developed specifically enough to
direct future research in promising ways.
List of Sources Already Consulted offers further evidence of
diligent Exploratory Research
___5. Clarity, Coherence and Correctness of the Written Presentation
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